Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Architectural ornament
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A. Concept and usage

The concept of A. in Renaissance architecture covered a far wider spectrum of formal matters and theoretical considerations than in modern terminology (which confines it to "decoration on the surface of an object"). The Latin terms ornamentum and ornatus ('ornament', 'that which is adorned', 'the ornate'; Italian from 15th cent. ornamento, French from 16th cent. ornemens; German from 16th cent. Ornament, Zierungen), used throughout the sources, denote very varied forms of decoration in Renaissance architecture and also have wide-ranging symbolic c…

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Erben, Dietrich (München), “Architectural ornament”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004806>
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